Bid on the last 991-gen Porsche 911 and raise money for COVID-19 aid
Remember when Porsche packed a bunch of 911s with its hottest engines and nimblest suspensions and chopped off their roofs? Many dream of such a potent Stuttgart-flavored combination, and this silver-and-black Speedster, the last-ever 991-gen 911, is up for grabs right now at auction with RM Sotheby’s. Wait—the news gets better: If you’re one of the fortunate few to register to bid online on the final 2019 911 Speedster, offered by Porsche Cars North America (PCNA), you can enjoy unlimited driving pleasure and in doing so donate those funds—excluding taxes and fees—to COVID-19 disaster relief in the process.
There’s a lot of fun to be had with a 502-hp, 4.0-liter flat-six packed into the rear of one of the most pedigreed sports cars on the planet. Porsche packed this run of 1948 cars, most of which are already delivered, with the very best from its parts pin. Go-fast bits for the Speedster include the adaptive suspension and four-wheel steering from the GT3 RS, and in the name of maximum stopping power and durability, the Speedster gets composite ceramic brakes all around.
For extra lightness, Porsche used the carbon-fiber composite front fenders and hood from the 911 R; though, of course, to mold around its twin streamliners, the rear lid needed to be specially molded. The front and rear fascia are also lightweight polyurethane, and the whole beauty is draped in historic racing livery in good Porsche fashion. This particular car on offer wears the Heritage Design package, which specs vintage-inspired silver paint and adds gold accents and the racing decals. This last-ever Speedster’s “88” decal commemorates not the first-ever Speedster, which hails from the ’50s, but the first 911 Speedster built with these double-bubble fairings behind the seats in 1988.
Porsche’s teaming up with RM Sotheby’s to offer this car for sale online, and bidding is open right now. It closes in two days, on April 22, at 1 p.m. ET. And you’re not simply bidding on the car—you’re also looking at a personal tour behind the scenes of Porsche HQ with Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser (head of 911 and 718 product lines) and Andreas Preuninger, head of Porsche’s GT model line; a chance for Klaus Zellmer, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America, to hand you the keys personally at a special event (perhaps at the L.A. Porsche Experience Center, or at The Quail this summer) . A watch, too—the 911 Speedster Heritage Design Chronograph, to be exact, finished in leather to match the Speedster’s interior and engraved with the car’s chassis number. Naturally, it’s made in Switzerland.
Kudos to RM Sotheby’s and Porsche of North American for leveraging a collectors’ opportunity for the greater global good.